CCCBI’s Annual ‘State of the County’ Reflects on Unprecedented Year, Looks Ahead to 2021

Mark Hostutler

In representing a diverse and vibrant business community, the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry is an integral part of the state’s and nation’s economic engine, and on Wednesday morning, it hosted its annual State of the County.

“For nearly three decades, the chamber has been a vocal champion for free enterprise and business growth in this county,” said Thom Chiomento, Vice President at Pennsylvania American Water Company and Chairman of the CCCBI’s Board of Directors. “However, as our nation faces one the most difficult public health and economic challenges in its history, our organization continues to be the leading voice for our county’s workforce and for the employers that they depend on for their paychecks and livelihoods.”

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline took attendees of the virtual event through the current state of Chester County and what’s in store for 2021.

“While I can say that COVID-19 was not in our plans, I can confirm that Chester County was prepared,” said Moskowitz. “Long before the coronavirus came to our region, staff in our Health Department began their planning, their preparation, and their communication.”

Moskowitz also said that the pandemic has further reinforced how connected all of Chester County’s communities are.

“It has shown how mutually reliant we are and that the state of Chester County is strong,” she said.

Maxwell said that Chester County, as one of only a few counties in Pennsylvania that have their own Health Department, had a distinct advantage when it came to infectious disease management.

“In times like COVID, this has been invaluable,” said Maxwell. “Local knowledge and expertise means more accurate and timely investigations, contact tracing, guidance, and support.”

In her remarks, Kichline applauded county workers for how they’ve stepped up during the pandemic.

“We’re very proud of them,” she said. “Chester County is starting to move forward in earnest with its programs and its services.”